Local News

  • Back in the schoolday swing

    Summer is officially over for Lancaster County School District students, who returned to class Monday, Aug. 20.

    An estimated 11,500-plus students woke up early, many of them nervous about starting new classes with new teachers and some at new schools.

    For some, such as Buford Elementary School kindergartner Madison Mackey, it was a step into the unknown.

    Still, McDonald Green second-grader Aronica Blakeney, who is an old hand at returning to class, gave the morning a big thumb’s up with a thumb sculpted from modeling clay.

  • Kershaw man dies after falling from tree

    A Kershaw man died Saturday evening, Aug. 18, after falling from a tree onto several rocks along the Catawba River in the Bell Town community. 

    Robert Nichols, 43, was at Cedar Creek Reservoir’s Stumpy Pond boat landing, with several family members when the accident happened about 6:20 p.m., said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Tony Broome.

    “He (Nichols) was diving probably 40 to 50 feet out from a tree into the water,” Broome said. “As he was climbing the tree, he fell down against some very sharp, jagged rocks.”

  • Low bid leads to new lights

     Lancaster City Council has agreed on a bright idea regarding the latest phase of its Streetscape beautification project – literally.
    The city is working with a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant it received to go toward beautification efforts on South Main Street, to run from Emmons Street south just past the city limits near South Avenue.
    The city is putting up $354,000 of its own money for the work, which will include new sidewalks and curbing. This is the sixth phase of the city’s Streetscape series.

  • HOPE in Lancaster unveils 600-plus recipe cookbook

    “I need 15 of these!”
    “They’re wonderful!”
    “Can I get a deal if I buy 10?”

    Surprised volunteers gathered in the office of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster Director Elaine Adkins the morning of Thursday, Aug. 16, to see their cookbook for the first time.
    “HOPE for All Seasons,” which has been in production for more than two years, features 600-plus recipes from 92 food enthusiasts.

  • Morphine taken from EMS drug cabinet

    An investigation into missing morphine vials led to the arrest of a former county medic last week, according to recently released arrest records.

    Former Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services employee Thomas Gregory “Greg” Robinson, 51, 482 Monticello Road, was arrested Thursday, Aug. 16, on a charge of possession of other controlled substances in Schedules I to V, according to an S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrest warrant.

  • Lancaster men face multiple charges after pointing gun at driver in Pageland

    PAGELAND – Two Lancaster men, one a city firefighter, were arrested in Chesterfield County earlier this month on multiple charges.

    According to a Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department incident report, Jay Thomas Rivers, 20, 5496 Pageland Highway, and Jason Damon Sanders, 22, 1848 Sunny Lane, were arrested Aug. 10 in Pageland on charges of pointing a firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • School zone signs, speed limits now in effect

    Monday marks the first day of the 2012-13 school year for Lancaster County public school students and motorists should be prepared for a higher volume of traffic.

    More than 70 buses will be on the road early that day, carrying more than 6,000 of the county’s 11,000-plus public school students.  

    That doesn’t count the number of additional vehicles driven by parents who will accompany first-day students and those who must navigate drop-off loops at the county's 20 school campuses.

  • Pair charged in Lucky 99 burglary

    The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday, Aug. 17, the arrests of two people believed to be tied to a convenience store burglary earlier in the week.

    Travis Allen Roddey, 24, 517 Mostellar Drive, has been charged with second-degree burglary. Jessica Lyn Blackmon, 32, of Westville, has been charged with possession of stolen property, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Lancaster to join National League of Cities

    One of Lancaster City Council’s decisions this past week means residents will be able to take advantage of discounts on prescription drugs.

    City Council voted unanimously at its Tuesday, Aug. 14, meeting to join the National League of Cities. The membership fee is $1,117 per year.

    Councilwoman Sara Eddins asked for the item to appear on the meeting agenda largely because of the opportunity to offer residents a drug card as a benefit.

  • Lancaster County teachers Celebrate Great Teaching

    Reece Murphy
    If the Celebration of Great Teaching event on Tuesday, Aug. 14, is any indicator, this is going to be a great year for Lancaster County School District and its teachers.

    Though always a great celebration of the excellence district educators embody, this year’s event, with its theme “Ready for the Ride,” was bigger and better than ever before, an event that at times seemed as much a pep rally as a gathering of teachers.